Passenger Rail, Rolling stock & Rail Vehicle Design

Stadler’s global push furthered by $734m California deal

Swiss rollingstock manufacturer Stadler recently announced a US$551 million contract to deliver 16 six-car double-decker trains to Californian operator Caltrain.

The deal means Stadler’s KISS train will run in nine different countries, and is by far the largest success Stadler has had so far in its push to establish itself as a key player in the United States.

Stadler is also looking to push into the Australian market, establishing a Sydney office in November last year.

It was one of the shortlisted candidates for the New Intercity Fleet contract in New South Wales, but lost out to a consortium of UGL, Hyundai Rotem and Mitsubishi Electric in mid-August.

The US deal was announced around the same time as the NIF fleet went to Stadler’s competitors.

Under the Caltrain deal, which is worth the equivalent of AU$734 million, Stadler will deliver 16 electric multiple-unit trains, for a total of 96 cars.

The contract includes an option for another 96 cars, which would be worth another AU$513 million for Stadler.

Stadler owner and group CEO Peter Spuhler said the contract would be very important for growing the business in the US.

“The KISS train is a high-tech product – perfectly suited for the Silicon Valley,” Spuhler said. “The Stadler electric multiple-unit trains are weight-optimised with their proven lightweight aluminium construction.

“And we certainly hope to further strengthen our reputation as an innovation leader in the United States with this contract and to be successful in future tenders.”


  1. These trains look like they could potentially be adapted for the NSW Intercity fleet, by removing the low platform doors. However too late now as the contract has gone to the UGL consortium.

  2. I thought that Stadler were one of the bidders for the NSW Intercity fleet so their proposal presumably suggested using these trains.
    The simple fact is that all the bidder’s proposal would have done the job, so t suggest after the event that there is a better proposal is pointless.
    One of the major reasons for cost over runs in transport projects is changing the project on the fly as it is in progress.